- Editor's Rating
- Strong battery life
- Vibrant display
- Decent design
- Mediocre performance
- Fragile build
- Fingerprint magnet
Quick TakeThe Lenovo IdeaPad Lynx is more expensive than other lower-end Intel Atom Windows 8 tablets on the market, but it offers way more in terms of performance and build quality.
The Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx is a Windows 8 tablet ideal for price conscious and casual users. While this Intel Atom-based Windows 8 tablet comes at an affordable price, users will have to concede on performance and build quality.
The 11-inch tablet offers a clean aesthetic out of the box, with a dark plastic frame that contrasts beautifully against the display. The back of the device is coated with a textured grey back panel that helps to create extra friction, making the device easier to hold. Additionally, the slim form factor and light weight of the device, along with the textured feel, make it perfect for reading or using with one hand, despite its 11-inch frame.
The display is a real high point for this affordable Windows 8 tablet. The 11.6-inch IPS touch-enabled display offers 1366 x 768 resolution. Even though the resolution is standard, the display manages to offer a vibrant viewing experience with solid color contrast. Additionally, the display offers generous viewing angles, again making it easy for users to view and read materials regardless of how they hold the device. The touch controls are also extremely responsive, which is a godsend considering there are no alternative input methods available (Lenovo offers a keyboard dock with a trackpad accessory for $199).
Similar to other Intel Atom tablets, the Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx offers less than ideal performance levels. The 1.8GHz Intel Atom processor does allow the machine to handle most basic functions; however the machine can become overwhelmed easily. Multitasking proves to be a chore for the device, as running multiple web browsers will result in a steep decline in performance. The Lynx is ideal for the basics, but anything more than that and the device will struggle.
While the raw specs of this machine won’t blow users away, the battery life will. In the Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx full review the device lasted for a full 7 hours and 42 minutes before shutting down after reaching its 5 percent battery limit reserve. The results are extremely impressive for an 11-inch tablet and the scores even managed to match up well against the smaller and ARM-based tablets tested by TabletPCReview.
Overall the Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx isn’t game changing. The form factor is small and lightweight, but the plastic build quality leaves something to be desired. The 11.6-inch display is high quality, but the lack of performance seriously hinders the user’s ability to take advantage of it. However, the low price point and well-rounded quality features makes this device perfect for users who simply want to do the basics. Anything more than that however, and users will find the device seriously wanting.